Nicole Austin-Hillery is the first Director and Counsel of The Brennan Center for Justice. She is the organization’s chief liaison to Congress and the Administration, and provides counsel on policy and advocacy strategy. Nicole’s expertise is in the areas of voting rights, and racial and criminal justice reform. She also focuses on indigent defense, and money in politics. She serves as a frequent spokesperson at national and international forums and in media, and has written opinion pieces for several publications, including Roll Call, CNN, and BillMoyers.com. She is the author of the chapter “Voting Rights as a Form of Voter Suppression” in the 2016 ABA book America Votes. Nicole is a former Wasserstein Fellow at Harvard Law School, and is a graduate of the Howard University School of Law and Carnegie Mellon University.